Republican National Convention Announces Additions to Leadership Team

Bookmark and Share   The 2012 Republican National Convention today announced that four of the nation’s most   respected political operatives will manage the official program, conduct floor operations and help support communications for the August 27-30 event.

‚ÄúWe‚Äôre extremely fortunate to be able to engage this tremendously savvy group of seasoned political veterans,‚ÄĚ said Committee on Arrangements Chief Executive Officer William Harris.¬† ‚ÄúThey‚Äôll bring to the convention a formidable set of skills, both individually and collectively.‚ÄĚ

The appointments Harris announced today were:

 Todd Cranney, currently deputy political director for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, will be director of delegate outreach.  Before joining the Romney campaign, Cranney was deputy campaign manager and political director for Meg Whitman’s 2010 campaign for governor of California. He was Romney’s 2008 western regional political director and served as field representative for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign in California and Nevada. Cranney began his political career as a staff assistant to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Tony Feather will serve as director of whip operations. Feather is a Missouri-based political professional and is highly regarded for his decades of experience in grassroots voter contact. A principal in the firm FLS, Feather also served as political director for President George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign.

Jim Dyke will serve as senior advisor and will support convention communications. Dyke is a founder and president of the Washington-based firm JDA Frontline. Dyke has worked on four presidential campaigns, managed a congressional race and served as a senior advisor to President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Before starting his own business, he served as communications director for the Republican National Committee.

Anne Hathaway will serve as convention program director. Hathaway, a former Republican National Committee chief of staff, is an Indiana-based campaign veteran whose experience ranges from volunteering in local congressional races to working in the White House, where she was an assistant to Vice President Dan Quayle. Hathaway will coordinate convention program activities.

For more news and information on the 2012 Republican National Conventional visit White House 2012’s RNC Convention Page

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A Memorial Day Thank You Salute from Mitt Romney

Bookmark and Share¬†“We’re going to keep America strong, and worthy of the great sacrifices of America’s veterans and yhose men and women who put their lives on the line for us, even today”
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Mitt Romney Offers a Video Repsonse to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Bookmark and Share¬†Mitt Romney offers what he calls “The Real State Of The Union”

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Romney Makes Final Pitch to South Carolinians

Bookmark and Share    As the polls now place Newt Gingrich back ahead of Mitt Romney in South Carolina, Romney is making a final push to help avoid a second place finish that will do nothing but help narrow the election down to what will realistically amount to a two man race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Much of the last minute¬†push consists of a heavy dose of last minute¬†campaigning with the latest big name to endorse him, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and he continues to hit the trail with the Palmetto State’s Governor, Nikki Haley.

Below you will find¬† Romney’s most recent video pitch to South Carolinians.

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Endorses Mitt Romney

Bookmark and Share   Early this morning, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell who once declared that he would not be endorsing a candidate in the Republican presidential contest has seemingly reversed course and thrown his considerable clout behind Mitt Romney for President.

McDonnell¬†called Romney a “results-oriented conservative” who can appeal to Democrats and independents and he told CNBC that his message is that¬†if you want to win the race in November, vote for Mitt Romney.

On Fox News, Governor McDonnell stated that Romney has a proven record in the public and private sector of getting things done and argued that there are only three issues that will really matter in the election………. one being job creation, another being¬†the need to get rid of “this crushing national debt” and finally, leadership.¬† And it is on those issues that McDonnell says Romney can win.

While McDonnell’s support has some value, the most interesting aspect of the endorsement is the timing.¬† It comes one day¬†before what could be a¬†game changing result in the South Carolina Primary.¬† It is pretty clear that the Romney camp, which has¬†mastered much of the art of¬†political campaigning,¬†has begun to sweat and so they decided now was the time to unleash the endorsement of¬†the popular Southern Governor in the hopes that it will help stem the perceived¬†surge that Newt Gingrich is riding as the race in South Carolina¬†wraps up.

In case you haven’t heard, timing is everything and its not any different in politics.

If you recall, back¬†in December, Newt Gingrich flew to the front of the then crowded G.O.P. field.¬† The problem was timing.¬† He peeked¬†too¬†early and in the¬†two weeks leading¬†up to the¬†Iowa Caucuses, he saw that rapid rise to the top erode and ceded ground to¬†Mitt Romney and¬†Rick¬†Santorum.¬† This time, in South Carolina, thanks to¬†Newt’s ability to catch the crest of his wave at just the right moment, combined with a few well timed¬†breezes at his back which consisted of Sarah¬†Palin’s quasi-endorsement, Rick Perry’s suspension of his own campaign and endorsement of Newt’s, and two well executed debate performances, Gingrich¬†looks like he is peaking just in time to be¬†the first one to ride his wave across the Palmetto State finish line.¬†¬† All of these conditions which have been beyond Romney’s control have forced him to play some cards that he has been holding close.¬† In this case, it is obvious that Gingrich’s success has Romney sweating enough to have forced his hand and play the McDonnell card.

How much it will help is questionable.

McDonnell promises to spend the closing hours of the campaign stomping in South Carolina, but Mitt already has the personal and organizational support of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and the insularly access to support from the state Party apparatus that comes with her.  And at the moment it is not stopping Gingrich from pulling ahead in the latest polls.

In my own estimation, I have concluded that even though McDonnell is a rising conservative star and a positive name to have your on side, in the case of Mitt Romney, McDonnell’s endorsement will actually benefit Newt Gingrich more than Mitt.¬† As the perceived “establishment” candidate, getting the endorsement of another elected ¬†“establishment” politician, will help urge still undecided voters from among the large anti-establishment voting bloc, to move more Newt’s way than Mitt’s way.

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Inevitabilty Begins To Doom the Hopes of Romney’s Rivals

Bookmark and Share¬†¬†¬† A recent Gallup poll would¬†seem to indicate¬†that a perceived sense of ¬†inevitability concerning¬†Mitt Romney’s winning the Republican presidential nomination ¬†is beginning to cast a shadow over the rest of the Republican field of candidates.

The poll shows that Romney is finally breaking out of the mid twenty range of support that he has consistently been mired in, has broken the 30% range and in a field of four other major candidates, is now making a run for the 35% mark. 

Normally, I put little weight in national polls, when the winner is determined¬†on a state by state basis.¬† However, in a larger sense, this poll would seem to be¬†a sign that Republicans¬†are beginning to resign themselves to a sense of inevitability¬†surrounding the nomination of¬†Mitt Romney.¬† It is a perception which became unavoidable after Romney won both Iowa and New Hampshire and was only boosted by reports of Romney’s increasing lead in the soon to be hed third nomination contest of South Carolina.

According to Galllup:

“Mitt Romney is now the only candidate that a majority of¬†conservative and moderate/liberal Republicans nationwide see as an acceptable GOP nominee for president. Conservative Republicans are more likely to say this about Romney than about either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum.”
 
If that is accurate, it would be a pleasantly surprising sign that if Romney does become the nominee, establishing Party unity behind him may not be quite as difficult as once suspected. 
 
Gallup also finds that while Romney is consolidating support behind him for the nomination, with exception of Ron Paul, Romney’s remaining rivals are losing support.¬† The candidate trending down worst of al is Newt Gingrich.¬† Ron Paul is reamining staedy as he ne neither gains or loses support.
 
 
While this is a good sign, it should not be enough to make Mitt feel too comfortable.  There is still a fair chance that the increasing likelihood of a Romney nomination can finally inspire dissatisfied Republicans, fed up conservatives, and ticked off TEA movement activists to unite solidly behind one clear alternative to Mitt Romney in any number of the states leading up to Super Tuesday. 
 
But given the terrain between now and then, and the financial resources required to aggressively contest those states, Romney still holds a significant advantage with a strong and now growing base of support in most all the upcoming contests.  That schedule is as follows.

Saturday, January 21st: –¬†South Carolina 50 25¬†delegates

Tuesday, January 31st; –¬†Florida99 50 delegates

Saturday, February 4th ‚Äď Nevada¬† 23 delegates, Maine ‚Äď 24 delegates

Tuesday, February 7th; –¬†Colorado – 36 delegates, Minnesota –¬†40 delegates, Missouri -53 delegates

Tuesday, February 28th;¬† –¬†Arizona 58 24 delegates, Michigan –¬†¬†59 30¬†delegates

Saturday, March 3rd; ‚Äď Washington ‚Äď 43 delegates

Tuesday, March 6th;¬† (Super Tuesday)- Alaska – 27¬† delegates, Georgia¬†‚Äď 75 delegates, Massachusetts – 41 delegates, North Dakota– 28 delegates, Idaho ‚Äď 24 of 29¬†delegates, Oklahoma – 43 delegates, Tennessee – 58 delegates, Texas – 152 delegates, Virginia – 49 delegates, Vermont – 17¬† delegates, Wyoming ‚Äď 29¬†delegates

While the race is certainly not over and Romney can’t take anything for granted, he must now also begin to lay the groundwork for the next stage of this election cycle.¬† That would incude¬† uniting the many factions of the Party and to inspire them all.¬† If this pol as a good indication of how things are realy going, it woiuld seem that Mitt needs to thank President for being the reason why Republicans are seemingy preapared to unite behind Mitt.¬† But that will still leave Romney with the need to inspire thise whoa re willing to support him over Barack Obama.¬† It now looks like that may be the toughest challenge ahead for Mitt.

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John Bolton Endorses Mitt Romney

Bookmark and Share   Late Thursday evening, during an interview on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, controversial conservative foreign policy guru John Bolton endorsed Mitt Romney for President [see interview below].

Bolton, the beneficiary of a recess appoint to the post of Ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, had flirted with the idea of running for President himself.  During the past Summer, he promised to run if he did not believe that the many pressing dangers on the international stage were given proper attention.

Somewhere along the line, in addition to issues like, money and viability, Bolton apparently determined that the important issues were getting a fair hearing and did not need to be served by his own presidential candidacy.  Now he has determined that Mitt Romney is the best person to be our next President.

As heard in his interview, Bolton believes that most of the Republican candidates have very similar¬†foreign policy views but in addition to Romney’s own solid positions on the issue, Bolton’s decision was largely¬†swayed by what he calls Romney’s electability.¬† According to Bolton, his criteria for endorsement was based upon finding the most electable conservative in the field and for him, that is Mitt Romney.

Individual personal endorsements don’t usually¬†make much of a difference and Bolton’s probably won’t make a big difference¬†either, but it will help create an impression that can only help Romney within conservative circles.¬† While Bolton is demonized¬†in liberal circles and would stoned¬†by Ron paull fanatics if he attended a Ron Paul rally, on the right, his reasoned hawkishness¬†has¬† promoted a hardline position on national defense that offers the nation a better safe than sorry stance.¬† It has also earned¬†Bolton the neo-Con label and for a candidate like Mitt Romney whom many try to¬†portray as a liberal, the neo-Con affiliation isn’t a bad thing in his plight for the Republican presidential nomination.

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